Jurisdiction is defined as the power or authority to decide legal cases.(noun)
An example of jurisdiction is a court having control over legal decisions made about a certain group of towns.
See jurisdiction in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME jurisdiccioun, altered (infl. by L) < OFr juridiction < L jurisdictio, administration of the law < jus (gen. juris,), law + dictio: see jury & diction
See jurisdiction in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English jurisdiccioun
Origin: , from Old French juridicion
Origin: , from Latin iūrisdictiō, iūrisdictiōn-
Origin: : iūris
Origin: , genitive of iūs, law; see yewes- in Indo-European roots
Origin: + dictiō, dictiōn-, declaration (from dictus, past participle of dīcere, to say; see deik- in Indo-European roots).
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